Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Extreme Lipstick Swatches

As long as your lips are in good condition, the Rouge Allure Velvet Extreme lipsticks are what Chanel promises. But fair warning, anyone with dry or chapped lips will have to treat them before even looking in the direction of these lipsticks. The brand claims this “extreme matte lipstick features a non-drying texture that glides smoothly onto lips with intense, longwearing colour.” The glide onto the lips part, greatly depends on your lips. The lipstick does have slip, but it will catch and drag if you have dryness or chapping.

These originally stood out to me after trying a sample. I was impressed that such a powdery, matte formula didn’t dry out my lips. To me, this is a comfortable formula. It doesn’t look powdery on the lips, but that’s the feel compared to other matte finishes. For reference, the other mattes I’m familiar with are Maybelline creamy mattes, MAC mattes, and Urban Decay comfort mattes.

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Extreme Lipstick Swatches (114 epitome, 116 extreme, 122 chestnut)
L to R: Chanel 114 epitome, 116 extreme, and 122 chestnut

As I mentioned, if you have dry lips, then I would treat them by applying a lip balm and letting it sink in for a few minutes before applying these. If your lips are chapped, either exfoliate or wait until they’re in better shape. These lipsticks don’t dry out my lips, but they do drag if I don’t use a lip balm or lip primer first. Lately, I’ve been using Chanel Rouge Coco Baume, but MAC prep and prime lip also works for me. MAC’s lip primer doesn’t interfere with the formulas longevity the way the lip balm does. The formula is long wearing either way, but less so with a balm.

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Extreme Lipstick Swatches (114 epitome, 116 extreme, 122 chestnut)
L to R: Chanel 114 epitome, 116 extreme, and 122 chestnut

On the downside of things, the bullet shape is less precise than the typical lipstick shape, which I think could be an issue for small lips. For some, the $40 price tag may also be a downside. I’m torn about that because while it is a lot, the formula on all three shades that I own are consistent. That precision and quality control isn’t always present at lower prices. So as with all things, you’ll have to decide if that matters to you. Lastly, these are scented, so if you don’t like fragrance in your lip products you’ll want to pass on these.

I think if you are in the market for a very matte lipstic, these are worth a look.

Do you like matte lipsticks or do you prefer a different finish? Let me know in the comments section below.

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6 Red Lipsticks from Mac Cosmetics

MAC Cosmetics Lipstick Swatches (mac red, russian red, chili, marrakesh, d for danger, spice it up)

Buying anything from Mac Cosmetics can my intimidating because they have such a vast range. The brand has many more shades of red than I have to show you, but I hope it’s still helpful to see some of the shades side by side.

  • Top row, left to right:
    • Mac red – Satin (vivid bright bluish-red)
    • Russian red – Matte (intense bluish-red)
    • Chili – Matte (brownish orange-red)
    • Marrakesh – Mattte (intense orange brown)
  • Bottom row, left to right:
    • D for Danger – Matte (brick red)
    • Spice it Up – Lustre (mulled brown berry)
MAC Cosmetics Lipstick Swatches (mac red, russian red, chili, marrakesh, d for danger, spice it up)
Top L to R: mac red, russian red, chili, marrakesh | Bottom L to R: d for danger, spice it up

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Bite Beauty Power Move Creamy Matte Lip Crayon (Calvados)

Bite Beauty Calvados quick review and swatch

Bite beauty power move creamy matte lip crayon calvados

I like this product, but I don’t find it to be matte.  I think they could have gotten away with calling it a satin, but it has a sheen to it for quite some time on me.  I don’t think it is ever as shiny as a cream lipstick, so I think satin would be a better description.  It does transfer off onto cups and straws when you drink but the brand doesn’t make any long wear or transfer proof claims that I’ve seen.  They do claim it is creamy, comfortable and has one swipe color and I can agree with those claims for the shade I tried (calvados).  It lasts well and looks fresh for a good amount of time, it just isn’t matte.

The Bite Beauty Power Move Creamy Matte Lip Crayons are available now for $24 @ Sephora.

Bite beauty power move creamy matte lip crayon calvados swatch on dark skin

The closest shade that I have to compare to the Bite Beauty Calvados shade is MAC Persistence.  This shade is no longer on their website, but it is a matte finish, which they still sell in other shades.  But as you can see from the image, the Bite Beauty has more sheen to it than the matte finish of the MAC lipstick.

Bite beauty power move creamy matte lip crayon calvados swatch on dark skin compared to MAC Persistence (matte)

I can definitely see myself looking into other shades in this formula.  I do wonder however, if the finish will vary between shades.

Have you tried another shade in this formula?  Do you find it to be matte?

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